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Selected Style 4-Door VR6 Sport
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door VR6 Sport 17 23 $41,792 $43,945
4-Door VR6 Sport w/Nav 17 23 $43,755 $46,010
4-Door VR6 Lux 17 23 $47,503 $49,950
4-Door VR6 Exec 17 23 $52,947 $55,675
4-Door TDI Sport 20 29 $45,120 $47,445
4-Door TDI Sport w/Nav 20 29 $47,083 $49,510
4-Door TDI Lux 20 29 $50,832 $53,450
4-Door TDI Exec 20 29 $56,276 $59,175
4-Door Hybrid 20 24 $59,510 $62,575
RWD 4-Door ML350
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RWD 4-Door ML350 18 23 $43,961 $47,270
4MATIC 4-Door ML350 18 23 $46,286 $49,770
4MATIC 4-Door ML350 BlueTEC 20 28 $47,681 $51,270
4MATIC 4-Door ML550 14 20 $54,684 $58,800
4MATIC 4-Door ML63 AMG 13 17 $89,373 $96,100
Pricing
Invoice Price
$41,792
$43,961
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$43,945
$47,270
Monthly Payment Estimate
$732 / month
$788 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2013 Volkswagen Touareg delivers good performance and a luxurious interior--although it's a mainstream brand asking for a luxury-vehicle price. For families who want off-road or towing ability, but not a third row of seats, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz M Class is one of the most enjoyable, secure utility-vehicle picks.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 17 mpg 18 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 23 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - 58.3
Front Shoulder Room (in) 59.800 58.5
Second Head Room (in) 38.900 38.5
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.700 58.4
Front Leg Room (in) 41.400 40.3
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - 58.3
Second Leg Room (in) 34.900 38.4
Front Head Room (in) 39.600 40.4
Passenger Volume (ft³) 101.400 132.7
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 64.900 64.7
Min Ground Clearance (in) 7.900 5.4
Length, Overall (in) 188.800 189.1
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 68.200 70.7
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in) 65.700 65.2
Wheelbase (in) 113.900 114.8
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 76.400 84.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - TBD - 75.0
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 58.000 80.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - TBD - 41.9
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 32.100 38.2
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 13.000 x - TBD - 12.8 x 0.6
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 13.000 x - TBD - 13.0 x 1.3
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 26.400 27.7
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - N/A
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 12.700 18.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 39.000 38.7
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.630 3.6
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size 255/55R18 P255/50R19
Spare Tire Size 195/75R18 Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size 255/55R18 P255/50R19
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 500 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 1155 - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 5000 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 7700 - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4711 4652
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in) 18 x - TBD - 19 x 8.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 18 x - TBD - 19 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - 10.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 220 - TBD -
Engine
Displacement 3.6L/195 3.5L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 280 @ 6200 302 @ 6500
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System Direct Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 265 @ 3000-4000 273 @ 3500
Engine Order Code NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 17 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 19 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 23 23
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.860 1.92
Trans Type 8 7
Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High 1.000 NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.220 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.830 3.42
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.840 2.86
Trans Order Code NA NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.670 -
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - TBD - 3.67
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.440 1.37
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/Manual Shift Automatic w/Manual Shift
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.000 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.850 4.38
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) 0.820 0.73
Summary
Vehicle Name Volkswagen Touareg Mercedes-Benz M-Class
Body Style 4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) NA N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Double Wishbone Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) NA N/A
Suspension Type - Front Double Wishbone Double-Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 3 (2012) - TBD -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 9.6 9.1
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger -
Overall Side Crash Rating -
Side Barrier Rating -
Side Barrier Rating Driver -
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat -
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat -
Combined Side Rating Front Seat -
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat -
Rollover Rating -
 
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